Ciryl Gane unsurprised by Francis Ngannou’s grapple-heavy attack: ‘It was the biggest chance he had’

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Ciryl Gane unsurprised by Francis Ngannou’s grapple-heavy attack: ‘It was the biggest chance he had’
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ANAHEIM, Calif. – While many fans watched at home, in surprise at the grapple-heavy attack of Francis Ngannou in the final three rounds of UFC 270 on Saturday, his opponent Ciryl Gane knew it was a strong possibility.

Gane (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC), who lost to Ngannou (17-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC) via unanimous decision in a title unification main event at Honda Center thought one of the best shots his former training partner had was to engage in grappling.

“It was not a surprise. We knew already it was one of his biggest chances to win some rounds. He did it and he did it very well, so good job. … We knew already it was the biggest chance he had.”

When he thought back to the sequences on the ground, Gane didn’t think Ngannou was the most technical with his grappling as much as he used his sheer strength.

“He really didn’t surprise me in the striking, the muay thai, the wrestling,” Gane said. “The wrestling was not really great wrestling. It was more about the power. I was not really surprised about all of that, but he did well. He did well.”

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The loss hurts, admitted Gane, but there are likely lessons to be learned from it. One way or another, Gane repeated his hope for a rematch in the future, which would mean Ngannou’s contract disputes with the UFC would likely need to come to a hed.

He really didn’t surprise me in the striking, the muay thai, the wrestling. The wrestling was not really great wrestling. It was more about the power. I was not really surprised about all of that, but he did well. He did well.

“This is a reality,” Gane said. “This is hurting me a lot but this is the truth. I hope tomorrow I’m going to improve. I’m going to do more to be a better version of myself. … If he leaves like that, I won’t want that. I want my rematch. I want to do this fight a second time. I want this fight. I want this rematch.”